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100
Perhaps the director's most touching, most elegiac work yet, Million Dollar Baby is a film that does both the expected and the unexpected, that has the nerve and the will to be as pitiless as it is sentimental.
100
A masterpiece, pure and simple, deep and true...The best film of the year.
100
San Francisco Chronicle
Ages well in memory because it gradually seems to mean more. Its meaning can't be summed up in a sentence, but it has to do with a view of life as inexpressibly sad and yet always right.
100
As good as "Unforgiven." Or, to put it another way, as good as any movie Eastwood has ever directed.
100
Philadelphia Inquirer
This heartbreaking film, with its rich performances and simple eloquence, lays claim to greatness.
100
The Hollywood Reporter
Under Eastwood's painstakingly stripped-down direction -- his filmmaking has become the cinematic equivalent of Hemingway's spare though precise prose -- the story emerges as that rarest of birds, an uplifting tragedy.
100
Chicago Tribune
Achieves a mellowness and melancholy that recalls the jazzy dissonance of director (and here, composer) Eastwood's best work: "The Outlaw Josey Wales," "Bird," "Unforgiven" and "Mystic River."
100
It's an ideal match, and Eastwood deserves accolades as both director and star of this powerfully made picture.
91
Entertainment Weekly
A movie of tough excitement and surprise, even grace.
88
The knockout punch comes from Eastwood. His stripped-down performance -- as powerful as anything he's ever done -- has a rugged, haunting beauty. The same goes for the movie.
88
New York Daily News
Million Dollar Baby is a knockout. It is Clint Eastwood's baby in every respect - a movie that approaches the level of great boxing films, like "Raging Bull," by using sport as a metaphor for human nature.
70
Wall Street Journal
It is thoughtful, unfashionable, measured, mostly honest, sometimes clumsy or remote, often exciting, occasionally moving and eventually surprising. It's correct.

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